YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The recent announcement by Iran’s Ambassador to Yerevan Mohammad Koleini that his country was ready to ease or even eliminate the visa regime with Armenia received an angry reaction in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan is particularly angered that the announcement came as a clear signal that Iran would be strongly opposed to any territorial swap between Armenia and Azerbaijan–particularly against exchange of Armenian Meghri for Lachin–in the context of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict regulation.
"The idea of territorial swap runs counter to Iran’s interests," Azeri analysts said. They also note that Tehran’s calls for the lifting of the visa regime between Iran and Armenia "does not stem from Yerevan’s economic and security interests."
Four out of five cars or trucks crossing the Armenian-Iranian border are from Iran. The ratio of people traveling from either country to the other is almost the same. The Iranian tourists and heavy trucks pay $50 and $200 respectively for a single entry into Armenia–and the Armenian government should not give up that source of revenues.